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BEGINNINGS
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A whole is that which has a beginning, a middle and an end.
      - Aristotle

The beginning, as the proverb says, is half the whole.
      - Aristotle

Begin; to begin is half the work. Let half still remain; again begin this, and thou wilt have finished.
  [Lat., Incipe; dimidium facti est coepisse. Supersit
    Dimidium: rursum hoc incipe, et efficies.]
      - Decimus Magnus Ausonius, Epigrams
         (LXXXI, 1)

Begin whatever you have to do: the beginning of a work stands for the whole.
  [Lat., Incipe quidquid agas: pro toto est prima operis pars.]
      - Decimus Magnus Ausonius, Idyllia
         (II, Inconnexa, 5)

It is only the first obstacle which counts to conquer modesty.
  [Fr., Il n'y a que le premier obstacle qui coute a vaincre la pudeur.]
      - Jacques Benigue Bossuet,
        Pensees Chretiennes et Morales (IX)

You begin saving the world by saving one person at a time; all else is grandiose romanticism or politics.
      - Charles Bukowski

The beginnings of all things are small.
  [Lat., Omnium rerum principia parva sunt.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        De Finibus Bonorum et Malorum (V, 21)

In all matters, before beginning, a diligent preparation should be made.
  [Lat., In omnibus negotiis prius quam aggrediare, adhibenda est praeparatio diligens.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        De Officiis (I, 21)

First things first, second things never.
      - Shirley Conran

The distance is nothing; it is only the first step that costs.
  [Fr., La distance n'y fait rien; il n'y a que le premier pas qui coute.]
      - Madame Marie Anne du Deffand,
        Letter to d'Alembert

It began of nothing and in nothing it ends.
  [Lat., Et redit in nihilum quod fuit ante nihil.]
      - Caius Cornelius Gallus, Anat. Melan.,
        by Burton (translator)

Beginnings are always messy.
      - John Galsworthy

Caring ideas are the chessmen moved forward; they may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Begin, be bold, and venture to be wise.
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)

What's well begun, is half done.
  [Lat., Dimidium facti qui coepit habet.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus),
        Epistles (I, 2, 40)

All this will not be finished in the first 100 days. Nor will it be finished in the first 1,000 days, nor in the life of this Administration, nor even perhaps in our lifetime on this planet. But let us begin.
      - John Fitzgerald Kennedy,
        in his inaugural speech, January 20, 1961

We stand today on the edge of a new frontier.
      - John Fitzgerald Kennedy,
        in his Democratic presidential nomination acceptance speech, July 15, 1960

There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning.
      - Louis L'Amour, Lonely on the Mountain

The principal part of everything is the beginning.
      - Legal Maxim

At the earliest drawings of the fractal curve, few clues to the
  underlying mathematical structure will be seen.
      - Ian Malcolm

Thou beginnest better than thou endest.
  The last is inferior to the first.
    [Lat., Coepisti melius quam desinis. Ultima primis cedunt.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Heroides
         (IX, 23)

Resist beginnings: it is too late to employ medicine when the evil has grown strong by inveterate habit.
  [Lat., Principiis obsta: sero medicina paratur,
    Cum mala per longas convaluere moras.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso),
        Remedia Amoris (XCI)

The last thing one discovers in composing a work is what to put first.
      - Blaise Pascal

The only joy in the world is to begin.
      - Cesare Pavese

The world is round and the place which may seem like the end, may also be the beginning.
      - Ivy Baker Priest


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